Community Law Waikato - Te Tari Ture ā-Hapori o Waikato, believe that legal help is a fundamental human right and should be available to all those living in Aotearoa.

Our focus is to help people who cannot access legal services and we aim to help as many as we can. There are many reasons people cannot access legal services, the common barrier being cost (hence our help being free). We take into account a range of factors such as language barriers, mental illness, and debt.

The Centre has an experienced team of paid and volunteer professionals who can help with a broad range of legal issues. For examples of the types of legal problems we may be able to help with, keep scrolling down.

Our main hub is in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) and we run 12 face to face legal clinics throughout the Waikato region. 

What we can help with

If you are unsure about whether we can help, the best thing to do is to call us. The law can be complex and every situation is different. 

Our team work alongside many community groups. If for some reason we are not able to help, we will point you in the right direction. This may include providing you with some information as a starting point and options for support through other avenues.

If you are interested in looking at our resources & information section, follow the link below.

     Common problems:

  • Employment disputes and breaches including unpaid entitlements (ie wages or leave) and personal grievances (ie unfair dismissals or exploitation) 
  • Welfare / Benefit entitlements and disputes with Work and Income or MSD (including Review Hearings, Social Security Appeals, and Social Housing Assessments / reviews)
  • ACC claims and disputes (including Review Hearings)
  • Immigration and Refugee matters (including visa applications, family reunification, and Immigration Protection Tribunal claims)
  • Care of Children, Separation, Relationship Property, and Protection Orders (initial advice and referrals only)
  • Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney (initial advice and referrals only)
  • Tenancy, flatting, and boarding queries and disputes (including Tenancy Tribunal representation where eligible)
  • Consumer law queries and disputes (including mobile truck shops and credit lending)
  • Debt related queries and disputes (including credit contracts, lending breaches, insolvency options)
  • General human rights issues (including privacy, interference with personal and property rights such as health and disability and harassment, and ombudsman complaints)
  • Minor criminal and traffic charges (including representation and sentencing applications)

Make an appointment

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There will be some personal information we need to collect when making an appointment:

  • Your full name
  • Your contact details including phone and email
  • Your financial situation
  • A brief description of your legal problem 
  • Who else is involved - for example if you are having problems with your boss we will need their name and company name 

Call us on 07 839 0770 or 0800 529 482 or ​email​

Find us on the map

Our main hub is in Hamilton opposite the court house (Level 2, 109 Anglesea Street).

You can also access our services through one of our legal outreach clinics throughout the Waikato. See below for the clinic locations and contact details.


Thames Library
503 Mackay Street
Call our main hub on
0800 529 482


Te Aroha Citizens Advice Bureau
137 Whitaker Street
07 884 8037


Paeroa Community Support Trust
Mackay Street
07 862 6110


Overdale Community Centre
12-16 Overdale Street
07 883 8771


Tokoroa Budget Advisory Service
235C Rosebery Street
07 886 4361


Ōtorohanga Citizens Advice Bureau
120 Maniapoto Street
07 873 7568


Ngāti Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust

51 Taupiri Street
07 878 0028


Ngāruawāhia Community House 
13 Galileo Street
07 824 8340


Huntly West Hub 
49 Harris Street
07 828 0296
Friendship House
55 William Street
07 828 7559


Settlement Centre Waikato
46G Boundary Road 
07 853 2192 


Waikato Student Union
Knighton Road, Gate 1
Call our main hub on 0800 529 482 (University students only)


Raglan Community House
45 Bow Street
Call our main hub on
0800 529 482

Terms of Service

We place a high emphasis on quality service and client care. You can expect:

  • A helpful, friendly, and respectful approach
  • Practical, accurate, and client focused help
  • Clear and timely communication

The Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (LCA) regulate lawyers and legal services in New Zealand. It stipulates minimum standards around privacy, fees or charges, complaints, communication, and professional conduct. 

Before a lawyer starts talking to you, they should explain some basic service information to you ( see the Client Care Information link). Thereafter, for further services by a lawyer, you should get some more detailed information which is generally called Terms of Engagement (Our Terms of Engagement is available to the right).


"Thank you Community Law Waikato and thank you to the lawyer who helped me. I could not have gotten through my case without your strong support and help. I will be forever grateful to you!"

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